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Congregational Church of North Stonington, UCC

August 7th   -  Sunday Worship  with Communion at 10 a.m.  

Hewitt Hall is now air conditioned on Sunday!

Church School  via Zoom
begins at 
10:15 a.m. 

Masks are now optional for attendees.
We respect your choice to wear one. 

Church Website is:   www.northstoningtonucc.com

Service will be streamed live on Facebook
at 10 am Sunday
Streaming Worship for This Sunday
Virtual Church School
In Worship This Sunday

The Lessons

Isaiah 1:10-20
Luke 12:32-40           

"When the Cat's Away . . ."
The prophet speaks of the true heart of God wanting only our right relationship. 
Jesus tells a parable of the "thief in the night".  
At the heart of the lessons is whether we live in continual awareness of the Divine in our lives, or if we act as if the cat's away and we the mice are at play.    

Serving in Worship

Pat Danley, deacon; Pat Turner, usher; Dave Larson, lay reader; Matt Sander Communion.  
We Pray For:   the healing of:  Stephanie Murray; Larry; Grace (Teddy) Graber; Janet Allen; George Danley; Mark Ball (Pat Danley’s son);  Mobby Larson’s brother, Steve Brown; Mike Laing; Karen Clarke; Elaine Falk Smith; Susan; Julie Evans; Debbie Janda; Jeff Sullivan; Janet Lewis; Dave McCord; Mary Wassung; Sharon Roode; and Mary Bliven. 
.    We lift up all our local health care workers continually exposed daily to Covid.

Sunday:  Farmer’s Market in Mystic
Monday and Friday:  Making Pies.
Saturday:  Baking Pies.

We have a campaign on GoFundMe for the sanctuary ceiling.   https://gofund.me/e7596345        
We are also on Givelify.

MISSION FOCUS:  PNC Food for Summer
Bring canned goods or boxes of food to Hewitt Hall OR donate fresh foods from your garden to the center on Chase Street in Pawcatuck.  You can make monthly donations to our church, CCNS, and we will send in all of the contributions.  Also, don’t forget that area grocers have a bag of food ready to go that you can purchase, it will be donated to the center.

The SNEUCC introduces a new series of gatherings
that will take place the third Monday of each month at 6:30 PM.
The first was held on July 18.

These Cross-Pollination Gatherings are intended for local church leaders
involved in environmental ministries (green teams, creation care committees, etc).
This is an opportunity to exchange ideas, celebrate successes, and troubleshoot challenges. 

Click on link below to add to your calendar and get zoom link

Cross Pollination - Environtment Ministry
Pride Family Day  - at Silver Lake
Saturday, August 27, 10am-5pm

Join us for a day of family fun for all ages!
Activities will include crafts, games, swimming, campfire, and more.

Open to LGBTQIA+ persons and families who would like
to connect with those who have shared lived experience.
This multigenerational retreat is for families, groups and individuals
who are wanting to enjoy God and creation
with God’s people of all gender expressions and sexual orientations.
Tiered pricing: $50/$40/$30 per person, $150 family max.
Includes lunch and afternoon snack.
Scholarships are available. Contact slcrc@silverlakect.org for details.
Register for Family Pride Day

NEW SEGMENT for our Preview: 

Links to current issues from the UCC faith perspective
click on button(s) below: 

This link will change regularly and include a variety of issues.
You can visit ucc.org any time and click on the News link for interesting articles and reflections. 

Film wins U.N. festival honor: "It Takes a Village"
“Samuel did what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?”                   - 1 Samuel 16:4 (NRSV)       
      Have you ever noticed how people say the same things over and over?
“Why aren’t there more young people in church?” “Why do 20% of the people do all the work, letting the other 80% be idle “Why can’t we get a pastor in here who will grow the church?” “You have to be born here or people won’t ever accept you.”
        That was the elder’s question to Samuel. “Do you come in peace, stranger?” “Yes,” said Samuel, “I come in peace.” That is the open exchange, the winning exchange, the escape from the authoritarian internalization of speech.
         These are clichés and put an end to conversation.  They maintain the status quo, unintentionally, which the status quo really enjoys.  What is the opposite of closed speech? It is opening speech and learning how to open the speech of others. Good tools include, “I come in peace.” Or “Tell me more.” “What good might happen with young people who are no longer churched?” “How could the 20% rest?” “What role has the congregation in church growth?” “Tell me about a millennial you admire.”
Pry us open, O God, using tools if necessary. We come in peace. Amen.             -Donna Schaper
Global Ministries Mission Prayer for Jamaica:  You are invited today to pray and celebrate 100 years with Pringle Home for Children, a ministry of the United Church in Jamaica and Cayman Islands. In fact, throughout this month, Pringle Home will host various public community and church events to rejoice in God’s faithfulness and the successes of the girls (now women) who have passed through our home over the last 100 years! Praise be to the power of Love and to the Loving One who makes all this possible. May Love strengthen us and also you too.


All Hymns from the (NCH) New Century Hymnal © 1995 The Pilgrim Press, have been granted permission for this one-time use.      
Permission to reprint, podcast, and / or stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #735340-A. All rights reserved.  Permissions granted under CCLI License # 11212116


Our Ministers:  the Congregation
Susan G. Latourette, Pastor – 860-759-4231, pastorsuel@yahoo.com
Michael G.  Noonan, Director of Music
Kay Lautzenheiser, Christian Education Coordinator
Rosemary Kuemper, Church Secretary
Charlotte Melia, Sexton      
Office hours:  Monday –Thursday, 9 am - 1 pm